Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t appear too shaken up that his Republican viewership has taken a plunge since he waded into politics on his late-night ABC talk show.
Appearing on “CBS Sunday Morning,” the comedian said he wouldn’t change a thing about his approach to President Trump or heated topics such as health care and gun control.
“I saw, I don’t know if it was a study or a poll or some combination of those two things, that, like, three years ago I was equally liked by Republicans and Democrats,” Mr. Kimmel said. “And then Republican numbers went way down, like 30 percent or whatever. And, you know, as a talk show host, that’s not ideal. But I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
CBS correspondent Tracy Smith asked, “So you don’t mind if Republicans turn off your show, they’re not watching anymore?”
“I don’t say I don’t mind,” Mr. Kimmel responded. “I mean, I’d love for everyone — I want everyone with a television to watch the show.
“But if they’re so turned off by my opinion on health care and gun violence, then I don’t know,” he said, waving his right hand. “I probably won’t want to have a conversation with them anyway.”
“Good riddance?” Ms. Smith asked.
“Well, not ‘good riddance,’ but riddance,” Mr. Kimmel said, laughing.
The late-night comedian acknowledged that he is no one’s “moral arbiter” and that viewers are free to change the channel if they don’t like what he has to say.
In an interview published Monday, Mr. Kimmel told USA Today that he’s not worried about potentially alienating viewers.
“I feel that’s the wrong way to approach comedy and being on television,” he said. “I’ll leave that kind of thing to big corporations. If you pasteurize your show, you’ll be the worse for it.
“My philosophy, if I have such a thing, has always been to give my take on the news of the day, and that goes back to when I was in radio,” he added. “It just so happens that our president is a very interesting character and is dominating the news, and will sometimes do three or four remarkable things in a day’s time. I wish he would slow down a little, because it’s hard keeping up with him. You thought the Kardashians were hard to keep up with — Mr. Trump is even cagier.”
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